Two chefs I coach contacted me this summer.
One was concerned because he hadn't heard any response about a job he applied to about 100 miles from where he was based. Employers ready to say "no" frequently just don't respond. I advised him to discreetly find out what was up through those he knew and trusted in the organization. Turns out the employer assessed him as over-qualified. She also had reservations about how quickly he could adjust to the new location. So, that was that. The chef focused on other possibilities.
The other chef was unhinged because there were several positions he interviewed for and only encountered silence. I also recommended he carefully investigate what was going on through his colleagues. Turns out the organizations were simply dragging their feet. The primary reason? The heat. He and I decided for him just to sit tight.
Heat, for some job applicants, contract workers and businesses seeking clients, is the variable to factor in. It's real. Just as the cold was real in the first quarter of this year. Turns out the frigid weather was a cause for GDP growth to contract almost 3%. The heat could have the same effect on this third quarter growth.
You have to be prepared for this Act of God. It's up to us to figure out how to make a living, despite the heat.